Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Blessed Are The Peacemakers ...

... [for they shall be killed by their own]
Michael Collins [1890-1922], Ireland. Sought to bring an incremental peace to his troubled native land. Killed by the Irish Republican Army.
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi [1869-1948], India. Non-violently won independence for India from the British Empire. Killed by a fellow Indian opposed to an accommodation to Pakistan, India’s Muslim twin separated/partitioned at birth.
Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz [1925-1965], US. Turned from race confrontation to racial ecumenicalism with his conversion to orthodox Islam. Killed by his old mates at the race-based Nation of Islam.
Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat [1918-1981], Egypt. Partner in historic peace agreement with Israel. Egypt is suspended from the Arab League; Sadat is killed by fundamentalists in his army two years later.
Yitzhak Rabin [1922-1995], Israel. Nobel Prize-winner for his work on the Oslo Accords. Killed by a fellow Israeli opposed to them.
And now
Burhanuddin Rabbani [1940-2011], Afghanistan. Former president of Afghanistan. Was mediating a possible political peace and reconciliation with the Taliban. Killed by a Taliban suicide bomber.
Nothing to add here but the thanks of all mankind. Of all our heroes, these are our greatest. Rest now, our brothers. In Peace.

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